| Minnesota National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007
400 Minnesota National Guard Troops to Deploy to Kosovo
More than 400 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers will depart Minnesota within the next few days to support the Kosovo International Security Force (KFOR) and be responsible for NATO peacekeeping operations in Kosovo for one year.
The deploying Soldiers are from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry headquartered in Mankato. The specific units mobilized are Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Mankato; A Company in West St. Paul; B Company in Rochester; C Company in Winona and Owatonna; D Company in Albert Lea; and F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion in Austin.
"This mission is ideally suited for the Army National Guard because it involves two key areas we specialize in " community assistance and homeland defense,"¯said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General.
The Soldiers will depart for Camp Atterbury, Indiana on Wednesday, July 18th to begin specific training, such as cultural and language studies, learning to conduct presence patrols, maneuvering military vehicles on Kosovo's narrow roads and identifying and reacting to potential hazards like landmines.
Members of the media are invited to attend the departure ceremonies in each community:
10:00 a.m. Sunday, July 15th
B Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Rochester National Guard Armory
1715 Marion Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904
2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15th
A Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
St Croix Lutheran High School
1200 Oakdale Ave West
West St Paul MN 55418
6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15th
F Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion
Austin National Guard Armory
800 21 Street NE
Austin, MN 55912
10:00 a.m. Monday, July 16th
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
Albert Lea Armory
410 Prospect AVE
Albert Lea, MN 56007
2:00 p.m. Monday, July 16th
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
100 Martin Luther King Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18th
Final Battalion Formation for the 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry
7600 Helgerson DR SW
Rochester, MN 55902
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Captain Paul Rickert
Staff Sgt. Dan Ewer
July 15, F Co., 334th BSB Deploys to Kosovo Ceremony photo gallery
July 15, B Co., 2-135 Deploys to Kosovo Ceremony photo gallery
High res photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard/KosovoDeployments
Minnesota's 133rd Airlift Wing Practices Precision Cargo Drops
Posted: 2015-05-25 09:30 AM
In a nation struggling with war fatigue, it's important to pause on Memorial Day and recognize the Minnesotans still answering their country's call: men and women who leave their jobs and families to put on a military uniform.
Few military units have seen more activations and deployments since 9/11 than Minnesota's 133rd Airlift Wing -- its 1,200 members are essential to moving supplies and soldiers to wherever they're needed.
On part of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where few civilian passengers step, families feel the anxiety of separation as they say goodbye again to air crew flying far, far away.
Minnesota National Guard and central Minnesota communities honor Memorial Day together
Posted: 2015-05-22 11:44 AM
CAMP RIPLEY - Garrison staff of Camp Ripley and other members of the Minnesota National Guard will take part in events this weekend honoring those who died in service to the United States.
"As members of the local community, we are honored to participate in Memorial Day events," said Lt. Col. Chad Sackett, deputy garrison commander at Camp Ripley. "It is right and fitting that we recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation."
Minnesota National Guard members are speaking at events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. For those interested in attending a Memorial Day ceremony, here are a few of the listings for central Minnesota:
Fort Hood shooting victim's family receives posthumous Purple Heart medal
Posted: 2015-05-22 08:00 AM
ST. PAUL, Minn. - More than five years after Pfc. Kham See Xiong lost his life in a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Xiong family received his Purple Heart in a Ceremony during Hmong American Day in St. Paul, Minn.
"Kham was an American Solider, a Hmong-American who raised his right hand and swore to defend the constitution of the United States, a Hero," said keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre, Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Savre served as commander of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood during the attack.
Four hundred members of the Hmong and St. Paul community crowded into the Harriet Island Pavilion as rain fell, May 14, 2015, to witness the Purple Heart Ceremony.
148th Fighter Wing Excels at Combat Hammer
Posted: 2015-05-21 03:44 PM
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - Approximately 180 Airmen and Block 50 F-16's from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn. participated in an exercise known as Combat Hammer while at Hill AFB, Utah in early May 2015. Combat Hammer is a Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) that evaluates weapon systems in their entirety.
While the exercise was about a week long for most 148FW Airmen, it was quite a bit longer for those Airmen actually building the bombs and missiles. "Typically, we are one of the first assets to show up at a deployment," said 2nd Lt. Mylii Pukema, 148FW Munitions Officer. "We show up about a week before most everyone else, so we can build up the weapons and have them ready when the jets arrive."
"It's a common misconception that weapons come already built," said Pukema. "Different weapons have different levels of configuration that have to happen. It can be a lot of detail that goes into configuring a weapon or it can be relatively simple, it just depends on the mission."
148FW Munition's Airmen were evaluated from the time the weapon came out of the box. How they practiced safety and followed tech data during the building of the weapon were key components to the evaluation process.